It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

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Time for Truth or Dare

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Time for Truth or Dare


I have a great love for the stars.

I love sitting out at night- especially the nights that I do not happen to have to fight the mosquitoes- and star gaze.

I can find the North Star.

I can find The Big Dipper and The Little Dipper.

I can find the planets Venus and Mars.

I have even spied Mercury.

But…. I have to use binoculars.

Granted, they are a nice pair of binoculars…..

But I own a telescope and I have no idea how to focus it. My knowledge is so limited about its use that it is a dust collector.



Written for The Daily Post: Focused. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

SPACE SCHOOL: Living on Mars

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SPACE SCHOOL: Living on Mars



One of my favorite classes this year is my new offering to the CSI Mentoring Clubs: Space School.

We are having a blast beginning to learn of the possibilities of achieving a colony of citizens on the planet Mars, and would we like to become a few of the original inhabitants.



Written for The Daily Post: Planet. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Share Your World – September 25, 2017

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Share Your World

September 25, 2017



  • What is your favorite outdoor activity?
  • In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
  • If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?
  • What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


What is your favorite outdoor activity?

A morning stroll (knapsack on my back) after breakfast to a secluded area where I can rest the day away with a great novel under the shade of a majestic oak, pitch a tent/awning for a nap, to awaken for a sandwich and drink only to complete the first novel and start the second. After finishing the second novel and starting a small fire for warmth, friends suddenly appear and bring drinks and a small meal which upon completion we douse the fire and enjoy the stars with the telescopes they have brought to the site until well into the night.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I hate being a passenger, most of the time.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

  • My retirement home completed…
  • My family moving closer for visits on weekends…
  • The weather becoming a permanent 75-80 degrees with showers only at night…

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.'”               –Helen Exley



Written for Share Your Word- September 25, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.

Providence Is in My Hands

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Providence Is in My Hands



Slowly and steadily Steven maneuvered the one-wheeled cultivator through the freshly tilled earth. After each carefully calculated pass, he methodically removed every stone and pebble the tines had exposed. For this year’s harvest there could be no impediments.

Picking up the malodorous bucket and his father’s haversack from the top of the preceding row, Steven continued to mimic the planting ritual he had seen his father do in years’ past.

Systematically pacing off ten-foot increments, Steven knelt, laid the head of a sun perch, and encircled it with the three sisters.

As new head-of-family, providence was his to command.



Written for The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge. Requirements: September 21, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what it is to gather a harvest. You can use the phrase or show what it means without using the words. Go where the prompt leads.

No-Pamper Plants



Once again… Great intentions….

Once again… My garden needs a makeover!

I need plants- I would prefer flowering plants- that need NO PAMPERING!

Here is a list of plants that I might try next year:

  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Pansies
  • Impatiens
  • Snapdragons
  • Daffodils
  • Begonias
  • Cosmos
  • Geraniums
  • Morning Glories
  • Blanket Flowers
  • Daylilies (I have a few)

A few I have tried, but frustration set in from the chaos of life.

These came highly recommended as plants that can take care of themselves???

Maybe next year?



Written for The Daily Post: Pamper. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Music Is Never Irrelevant



Music Is Never Irrelevant



“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”      Victor Hugo

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”  Maya Angelou

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”   Friedrich Nietzsche

“Where words fail, music speaks.”     Hans Christian Andersen

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. ”   Oliver Wendell Holmes

Music Is Never Irrelevant! 



Written for The Daily Post: Irrelevant. I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My topics for the month of March are as follows:  (Monday) Teaching and Life; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

Share Your World – September 18, 2017

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Share Your World

September 18, 2017



  • Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …
  • On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?
  • What is your greatest extravagance?
  • What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

I want to learn more about …_____________________ . (insert almost any topic here)

NOTE: I am both spastic and eclectic in my quest for knowledge.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

AIR-CONDITIONING! (I no longer like to rough it…)

What is your greatest extravagance?

Tickets to local sporting events and the neighborhood theaters

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” 

Mark Twain (American storyteller/ author)



Written for Share Your World- September 18, 2017. Requirements: Answer the four questions.